Topless photos of Duchess publishedA French magazine may face legal action after publishing pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge topless.
Fri, September 14, 2012 - 11:45 AM
(CNN) -- Just weeks after the scandal about pictures of Britain's Prince Harry naked in Las Vegas, a magazine has sparked fresh controversy by publishing pictures of Prince William's wife, Catherine, topless while vacationing.
The duchess of Cambridge is "upset" with the magazine -- a French publication called Closer, a royal source told CNN. Palace officials, threatening legal action, have blasted what they call a "grotesque" invasion of privacy.
The grainy pictures appear to have been taken with a long camera lens while the couple was staying at a private chateau in Provence, in southern France.
They were "hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner," a St. James's Palace spokesman said.
"The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to The Duke and Duchess for being so.
"Their Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them," the palace spokesman said.
Officials are consulting with lawyers on what options may be available to the couple, he said.
The pair remain focused on their Asian tour on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, he added.
William, who is second in line to the throne, and his wife are in Malaysia as they carry out a nine-day Southeast Asian tour of Commonwealth nations, which started in Singapore.
The photographs cannot be accessed on Closer's website, which shows only the magazine's front cover with heavily blurred images. The photos are featured in the magazine's print copy, which is available in France.
St. James's Palace officials told CNN they "believe a red line has been crossed."
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